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|Jan 03, 2018||referred to elections|
|Apr 20, 2017||referred to elections|
senate Bill S5616
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee
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S5616 (ACTIVE) - Details
S5616 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5616 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law, in relation to establishing an instant runoff voting method for certain local elections and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof PURPOSE : To permit the use of the instant run off voting method on a trial basis in elections in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. This pilot program would permit the State Legislature to evaluate the broader application of the instant runoff voting method. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : A new Article 18 of the election law is established. EXISTING LAN : None. JUSTIFICATION : The current system of elections often results in the election of a candidate that does not have the majority of support when there are
S5616 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5616 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E April 20, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, HOYLMAN, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to establishing an instant runoff voting method for certain local elections and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The current system of voting often results in the election of a candidate that does not have the majority support of the electorate when there are three or more candidates running for an elective office. Further, where there are three or more candidates for an elective office, voters often will not vote for their preferred candidate to avoid "wasting" their vote on a "spoiler" candi- date. Rather, they will vote against a candidate they dislike, by voting for a leading candidate that they perceive as the lesser of two evils. The result of the current system in multi-candidate races can be the election of candidates that lack majority support. The instant runoff voting method provides for the majority election for elective offices. Instant runoff voting gives voters the option to rank candidates according to the order of their choice. If no candidate obtains a majority of first-choice votes, then the candidate receiving the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Each vote cast for the eliminated candidate shall be transferred to the candidate who was the voter's next choice on the ballot. The process is continued until a candidate receives a majority of votes. There are several potential benefits to the instant runoff voting method. First, voters are free to mark their ballot for the candidate they truly prefer without fear that their choice will help elect their least preferred candidate. Second, it insures that the elected candidate has true majority support. In addition, the instant runoff voting method EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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